“I used to repair noodle trucks for Master Chen and his underground organization. When you put him out of business, you put me out of business.”
— The Mechanic to Lloyd in "Enkrypted"

The Mechanic is a well-known criminal and a former employee of Master Chen who was at one point imprisoned in Kryptarium Prison. During the Second Serpentine War, the Mechanic was affiliated with the Anacondrai warriors, repairing noodle trucks for the underground crime organization. After the Anacondrai warriors were banished, the Mechanic went out of business with his employer having been cursed. Due to his involvement with Chen, he was locked up in Kryptarium Prison, where he earned the name "The Mechanic."

After the Battle of Stiix, the ninja were imprisoned in Kryptarium after being framed for several crimes. Upon entering the prison, they were confronted by the inmates, including the Mechanic, who was vengeful after the ninja defeated Chen and put him out of work. When the inmates started fighting the ninja, the Mechanic went after Zane to steal some of his robotic parts but thanks to P.I.X.A.L. he was stopped from doing so. Following Jay's final wish, the ninja were never sent to Kryptarium and the Mechanic didn't confront them.

At some point, the Mechanic escaped Kryptarium Prison, but was defeated by Kai and Zane and was subsequently placed back in prison.

While still in Kryptarium Prison, the Mechanic strikes a friendship with Ultra Violet, over their mutual hatred for the ninja, and conspire to break out, only to be recaptured by Samurai X.

However, the Mechanic managed to escaped Kryptarium Prison again and associated with a mysterious AI named Unagami.

History

During and after Tournament of Elements

Before Master Chen's banishment to the Cursed Realm, the Mechanic made money repairing the noodles trucks of the Anacondrai warriors. After their defeat at the Corridor of Elders, the Mechanic was arrested and sent to Kryptarium Prison where he swore revenge on the ninja with the intent of tearing Zane apart for parts.[1]

Skybound

Enkrypted

When the ninja arrived at Kryptarium for being framed for a crime spree, the Mechanic opened his and several other inmates’ cell doors, leading them to confront the ninja. Explaining his situation to Lloyd, he demanded they hand over Zane to use as spare parts in exchange for the grievances he believed the ninja had caused. However, before he could take any action, Warden Noble arrived, ordering him and Lloyd to shake hands.

During the following meal in the cafeteria, the Mechanic confronted the ninja again but was dismissed by them as at most a fourth-tier bad guy. Infuriated, he started a fight during which the Mechanic dragged Zane away, determined to take him apart. However, an electric shock orchestrated by P.I.X.A.L. sent the Mechanic flying back and he was returned to his cell by the guards before he was able to inflict any further damage to the Nindroid.

Sons of Garmadon

The Mask of Deception

The Mechanic manages to somehow break out of Kryptarium Prison and fights Kai and Zane with a new flamethrower robo-arm at Ninjago Harbor. However, Zane manages to freeze the villain in place.

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

The Weekend Drill (flashback)

When Cole is riding his Earth Driller, Warden Noble calls him and informs him that there are problems in the Kryptarium prison. Cole guesses what happened and mentions the Mechanic and Sons of Garmadon.

Later, the Mechanic was seen in the Kryptarium Prison several times, sharing one cell with a Sons of Garmadon member, watching the fight between Cole and Giant Stone Warrior, and later throwing random objects at Cole, for defeating and placing Giant Stone Warrior and Killow back into their cells.

Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

The Absolute Worst

While in the exercise yard, a newspaper comes at the Mechanic, who reads it, and discovers that the ninja are gone before relaying the news to Ultra Violet, who tells him they breakout after lights out. Later that night after the guards turned off the lights, the Mechanic used his robo-arm to get the keys to his and Ultra Violet's cells before they escape through a tunnel she had dug in the prison. Once they reached the sewers, the Mechanic and Ultra Violet argue about who they thought was the worst (Zane or Nya) before Fugi-Dove shows up, telling them it is Jay. Once they heard Ultra Violet's story about her capture, the Mechanic tells her and Fugi-Dove about the time Nya stopped him and later stole his Noodle Truck of Crime before eventually listening to Fugi-Dove's story about his hatred for Jay, only to easily find it false, until they reach a grate, and start to make plans for crime breaking, only to end up captured by Samurai X when they had inadvertently triggered her hidden sensors, resulting in the three recaptured prisoners to proclaim her as the worst.

After Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Sometime at this point, the Mechanic managed to break out from Kryptarium Prison again. Then he was confronted by Unagami and he decided to help him with his plan, thus beginning preparations for the release of Prime Empire. Unagami then created or improved the Mechanic's Noodle Truck of Crime. The Mechanic was also associated with some henchmen by this point.

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Let's Dance

When Nya and Jay arrive at Benny's Arcade Emporium, Lloyd calls them and notifies them that they've received a report of the Mechanic breaking into a warehouse.

Upgrade

After stealing money from the Ninjago City Bank, the Mechanic went to his headquarters and told a computer about the Noodle Truck's upgrades. When the Mechanic asked if the computer can reveal his identity to him, the computer replied that he'll reveal his identity when the time is right.

After failing to use a noodle machine in his Noodle Truck, the Mechanic asks the computer if he was able to get a robo-arm that is able to feel things. Luckily for the Mechanic, the computer was able to print blueprints of the arm, which the Mechanic quickly built. After testing out the robo-arm, the Mechanic once again questions the computer's identity again, only for the computer to reply that his name is Unagami.

Prime Empire

Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?

The Mechanic and his henchmen enter an old electronics warehouse and steal the Prime Empire motherboard. However, they are spotted by the ninja so he escapes in his noodle truck. After a short chase through the streets, he is captured and arrested when Cole ties him to a pole.

While the ninja were investigating his hideout, Jay finds an old arcade cabinet which is titled Prime Empire. He inserts the recovered motherboard into the cabinet and a wave of red energy bursts from the machine. Before being escorted to the Ninjago City Police Station, he laughs wickedly as he hears the shockwave of red energy pass through.

Dyer Island

The Mechanic was interrogated by the ninja about the mysterious V-shaped symbol as well as Unagami, the latter surprising him. He then told them it was too late and it had already started. Lloyd then has the Commissioner take the Mechanic away while he gloats. As he was still gloating with officers dragging him, he peeks his head at the doorway to resume gloating before the Commissioner closes the door on his face.

Level Thirteen

The Mechanic was able to escape the prison and convinced the prisoners (except Fugi-Dove) to work for Unagami.

Later, the Mechanic and the prisoners invaded Borg Tower to retrieve the original Arcade Pod. When they finally make it upstairs, the prisoners fight off the ninja and the Mechanic tells Lloyd that Unagami plans to start a new revolution and that he'll be serving at his side. Moments later, Lloyd attempts to enter Prime Empire but was stopped by the Mechanic. However, the Mechanic was pushed by Zane, allowing the ninja to enter Prime Empire while Zane escapes with P.I.X.A.L. and Cyrus Borg. When Soto tried to go after him, the Mechanic stops him, saying that they're only at Borg Tower to retrieve the original Arcade Pod. Although, when the Mechanic pressed the start button, the Arcade Pod wouldn't work, as Zane took the Prime Empire motherboard when he escaped with P.I.X.A.L. and Cyrus.

Ninjago Confidential

The Mechanic and his henchmen ambush Zane and P.I.X.A.L. while they are investigating Buddy's Pizza. Zane is electrocuted by one of the Mechanic's gadgets. When P.I.X.A.L. checks to see if he's alright, but she too is electrocuted by The Mechanic.

The Prodigal Father

The Mechanic explains to Zane that they are building the Manifestation Gate which requires Energy cubes from the players who lost all of their lives. The Mechanic then demands the Prime Empire motherboard, but Zane claims he destroyed it. Knowing that he's lying, The Mechanic unveils Wu who was captured earlier by henchmen. He goes as far as to threaten to harm Wu, so Zane finally confesses and gives him the motherboard. The Mechanic inserts the motherboard in the Manifestation Gate and also uses Zane for a power source despite having a high risk of being destroyed. A portal is created and The Mechanic waits for Unagami to enter.

Game Over

Once the Manifestation Gate was complete, an anger-riddled Unagami escaped Prime Empire, along with his armies and the AI within the game. The Mechanic and his henchmen were overwhelmed by the spectacle and, ironically, ran away from the master they were serving.

Personality

The Mechanic is sadistic, such as when he attempted to remove parts from Zane and used him to power up the Manifestation Gate.

He also has a bit of pride, as when he made up the story about how Nya stole his noodle truck.

At rare times, he was a coward, such as when he ran away after the Manifestation Gate started to go unstable.

Appearance

The Mechanic is a middle-aged man with brown teeth and one golden tooth and small mustache. As shown in his anime version, his eyes are gray. He originally had circles under his eyes, cheekbones and wrinkles on his face, but those have disappeared since the animation studio changed from WILFilm ApS to WildBrain. He always wears a black hat with on which is placed a piece of a nindroid mask with three blue lights that covers his eye. These lights are red in Season 8. Since Season 11 he has a red ribbon on his hat. He does not have a left arm, so he has a robo-arm instead, which has two versions, either regular or as a flamethrower.

When enclosed in the Kryptarium he has a plain white prison jumpsuit with gray stripes and gray legs. He doesn't have a sleeves. He has metal parts and cables on the jumpsuit that hold his robo-arm.

In his civilian clothes, he has a beige sweater, on which he has placed metal parts and cables that hold his robo-arm. He also has a long torn red coat, pale gray pants and since Season 11 he also has gray shoes.

Relationships

Main article: The Mechanic's relationships

Appearances

Behind the scenes

  • He uses part of a Nindroid's head as part of his head.
  • In one of the Ninjago Magazines (see below), he is shown having two robo-arms instead of one.
  • Season 12 marks his first major antagonistic role. In all his other appearances, he only appeared in one episode and was a minor antagonist. In Season 12 he is the secondary antagonist as he was the one who commandeered the bringing of Unagami into the living world.
  • Since Season 11, his cheekbones, wrinkles, and the circles under his eyes were removed from his face design.
  • There are several differences between his regular and anime versions:
    • Despite he has brown teeth with one gold tooth, his anime version has all the teeth white.
    • In his anime version he doesn't have a red ribbon on his hat.
    • He doesn't have a glove on his hand in his anime version.
    • His regular version has a yellow-green sweater, but his anime version has a gray prison jumpsuit.
    • In his anime version, he has no metal parts and cables on his chest.
    • His robo-arm is bigger and has a different look.
    • His anime version has a belt, but the regular version does not.
    • His regular version has a torn coat, but the anime version has it intact.
  • The only season in which he does not appear in his civilian clothes is Season 6. In Season 11, he appeared in these clothes only in his story.
  • One of the pirates in Captain Soto's crew has the same face as the Mechanic before Season 11 (first from the left in this picture).
    • When asked about it, Tommy Andreasen implied that they are the same character, stating, "What's a pirate to do when his Captain in jail? Work for another crime boss of course!"[2]
  • He uses a recolored hat piece of Dr. Rodney Rathbone from LEGO Monster Fighters.
  • His Minifigure has the Nindroid eye piece printed on his head rather than being molded to his bowler hat as a physical piece. He also lacks leg and arm printing.
    • According to Michael Knap, the production of the Mechanic's minifigure would require too many new elements, which is why his minifigure looks different.[3]

Trivia

  • His real name is unknown.
  • He is the prisoner who escaped from Kryptarium the most times. He ran away before Season 8, during Season 11, after Season 11 and during Season 12.
  • According to him, the absolute worst ninja is Nya, although at the end of the episode "The Absolute Worst", together with Ultra Violet and Fugi-Dove, he agrees that Samurai X is the worst.
  • Although he wants to get Zane's spare parts in Season 6, he doesn't show interest in them in his appearances in other seasons.
  • He is suspected in 37 unsolved criminal cases.[4]
  • Lloyd originally thought it was the Mechanic, not Ronin, who had built a fake Wojira and robbed the Keepers.[5]
  • When asked if there are things we don't know about him, Tommy Andreasen replied, "His name? Shoe size? Obviously lots."[6]

Gallery

Promotional media

In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Design variants

Season 6: Skybound

Season 8: Sons of Garmadon

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Season 12: Prime Empire

In other media

References

Characters

Ninja

Master Wu · Lloyd · Kai · Jay · Cole · Zane
Allies: P.I.X.A.L. · Misako · Dareth · Skylor · Ronin · Cyrus Borg · Falcon
Former Members: Master Garmadon · Nya

Skulkin

Generals: Samukai · Kruncha · Nuckal · Wyplash
Warriors: Frakjaw · Chopov · Krazi · Bonezai
Other: Skeleton figurehead

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Pythor · Anacondrai generals (Arcturus)
Hypnobrai: Skales · Slithraa · Mezmo · Rattla · Selma · Skales Jr.
Fangpyre: Fangtom · Fangdam · Fang-Suei · Snappa
Constrictai: Skalidor · Bytar · Chokun · Snike
Venomari: Acidicus · Lizaru · Spitta · Lasha · Zoltar · Snake villain
Mini-snakes: Golden Viper · Hypno Viper · Red Viper · Sly Viper · Toxic Viper · Translucent Blue Viper · Translucent Orange Viper · Translucent Purple Viper
Other: Great Devourer · Anacondrai serpent

NGTV News

Dan Vaapit · Fred Finely · Gayle Gossip · Vinny

Pirates

Leader: Captain Soto
First Mate · No-Eyed Pete

Bizarro ninja

Bizarro Cole · Bizarro Jay · Bizarro Kai · Bizarro Zane

Wu's Academy students

Brad Tudabone · Finn · Gene · Marla · Sally · Tommy

Stone Army

Creator: The Overlord
Leader: General Kozu
Giant Stone Warrior · Stone Warriors · Stone Swordsmen · Stone Scouts

Nindroids

Leader: General Cryptor
Nindroid Warriors · Nindroid Drones · Min-Droid

Anacondrai warriors

Leader: Master Chen
Clouse · Zugu · Eyezor · Kapau · Chope · Sleven · Krait
Former Members: Skylor

Elemental Masters

Current Elemental Masters: Ash · Bolobo · Chamille · Gravis · Griffin Turner · Jacob Pevsner · Karlof · Neuro · Mr. Pale · Shade · Skylor · Tox
Previous Elemental Masters: Cole's grandfather · Griffin Turner's grandparent · Jay's mother · Lilly · Master of Gravity · Master of Ice · Unknown Elemental Master · Master of Shadow · Master of Sound · Maya · Ray · Skylor's mother

Ghost Warriors

Leader: The Preeminent
Morro · Chain Master Wrayth · Blade Master Bansha · Scythe Master Ghoultar · Bow Master Soul Archer
Ghost Ninja: Attila · Hackler · Ming · Spyder · Howla · Yokai · Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler · Cyrus · Ghurka · Pitch · Pyrrhus · Wail
Other: Skreemers

Yang's students

Leader: Master Yang
Chris · Martin · "Chuck"

Sky Pirates

Leader: Nadakhan
Flintlocke · Delara · Dogshank · Doubloon · Monkey Wretch · Clancee · Bucko · Cyren · Skeleton figurehead
Former Members: Sqiffy

Ninjago City Police

Police Commissioner · Tommy · Simon · Noonan · O'Doyle · Jimmy · Police Officer · Night Watchman

Djinns

Khanjikhan · Nadakhan · Nadakhan's mother

Shadow Army

Leader: Clouse

Vermillion

Leaders: Acronix · Krux
Supreme Commander Machia · Commander Raggmunk · Commander Blunck · Slackjaw · Rivett · Tannin · Vermin · Buffmillion

Sons of Garmadon

Leaders: Lord Garmadon · Harumi
Generals: Killow · Mr. E · Ultra Violet
Luke Cunningham · Chopper Maroon · Mohawk · Skip Vicious · Nails · Sawyer · Scooter · Buffer · "Snake Jaguar" · Colossus

Royal Family

Emperor of Ninjago · Empress of Ninjago · Princess Harumi · Hutchins · Royal Guards

Dragon Hunters

Leader: Heavy Metal
Jet Jack · Daddy No Legs · Muzzle · Chew Toy · Arkade · Skullbreaker · Stalwart Dangerbuff · Otto Pilot · Talon · Nitro · "Rocky Dangerbuff" · "Dangerbuff Junior"
Former Members: Iron Baron

Oni

Mystake · The Omega

Pyro Vipers

Leader: Aspheera
Char · Pyro Destroyers · Pyro Slayers · Pyro Whippers
Former Members: Mambo V · Mambo's advisor

Ninjago City Council

Andrea Thomson · May Robsen

Blizzard Samurai

Leader: Ice Emperor
General Vex
Blizzard Warriors: Grimfax
Blizzard Sword Masters · Blizzard Archers

Explorers Club

Leader: Cecil Putnam
Clutch Powers · Percy Shippelton · Security guards · Smythe · Underhill

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Nelson · Antonia · Leroy

Formlings

Formling Leader · Akita · Kataru · Vex

Ice Fishers

Leader: Sorla
Uthaug · Boma

Avatars/NPCs

Creator: Milton Dyer
Ballistic Missiles: Anthony Brutinelli
Chrome Domes: Hyper-Sonic
Admin Droid · Adventure-Ready Woman · Avatar Pink Zane · Okino · Racer Seven · Scott · Shifty · Successful Samurai
League of Jay: Beta Jay 137 · Dee-Jay 81 · Jaybird 64 · Jaywalkin 238

Unagami's army

Leader: Unagami
Red Visors: Red 27 · Red 29
Avatar Harumi · Sushimi · Hostess · Sushimi's sushi chefs
Allies:The Mechanic · Henchmen · Ultra Violet · Captain Soto · Richie · Ritchie

Whack Rats

Leader: Atta the Ratta
Richie · Ritchie

Awakened Warriors

Leader: Skull Sorcerer
Skull of Hazza D'ur

Sky Folk

Vangelis · Queen Vania · Engelbert
Army of Shintaro: Hailmar

Munce

Queen Murtessa · Murt · Moe · Munce Sentries

Geckles

Chancellor Gulch · Gleck · Gliff · Groko · Garpo · Ginkle · Mr. Wise

Upply

Fungus · Korgran · Plundar

Keepers

Chief Mammatus · PoulErik · Rumble Keepers · Thunder Keepers

Merlopians

King Trimaar · King Kalmaar · Glutinous · Nyad
Maaray Guards: Gripe

Other classifications

Ghosts · Humans · Nindroids (ninja faction)

Other groups/sub-groups

Elemental Alliance · Fast Chickens · Kryptarium inmates · Ninja Replacements · The Resistance · The Resistance (Never-Realm) · The Royal Blacksmiths · Sons of the First Spinjitzu Master · Spin Harmony · Stranded ninja · Time Twins · Treble Makers

Families

Cole's family · Jay's family · Kai and Nya's family · Lloyd's family · Skylor's family · Zane's family

Non-canon

Barracudox · Cardinsto · Carridi · Cece · Christina · Chuck · Claire · Diaman · Eileen · Gahrann the Dreamer · Genn · Green Screen Gary · Hai · Hibiki · Ivy Walker · Jesper · Kaito · Kirchonn the Invincible · Lar · Larry · Lloyd Garmadon (The LEGO Movie) · Mask of Malice · Mei · Moe · Neido · Phantom Ninja · Quartet of Villains · Rachel Sparrow · Robot Manager · Mr. Righty Tighty · Samurai warrior · Seliel · Seliel's father · Six-Armed Warriors · Snake villain · Spinjago Citizen · Suzie Wheeler · Time Ninja · Tito · Zoltar
Ninjago Magazine: Buffer · Nitro · Sawyer · Scooter · Talon · Master Whoosh · Mr. Wise

Creatures

Adam · Colossus · Craglings · Elemental Cobras · Fire Fang · Fluffy · Geotomic Rock Monsters · Ice Behemoth · Ice bird · Ice Serpent · The Leviathan · Monster sushi · Mud monsters · Nimbus · Pebbles · Rodrigo · Ross · Sir Chomps-A-Lot · Snickers · Treehorn queen · Wojira · Wu's chicken · Wu's dog · Yeti (Krag)
Dragons: Blue Dragon · Boreal · Chompy · Dragon keeper · Empire Dragon · Fire Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Flame · Firstbourne · Ghost Dragons · Grief-Bringer · Ice Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Rocky · Shard · Slab · Stormbringer · Stormbringer's baby · Ultra Dragon · Wind Dragon · Wisp · YinYang Dragon (Light Dragon · Shadow Dragon)

Other

Announcer · Auto · Bank Boss · Beavers · Benny · Benthomaar · Dr. Berkman · Bob the Intern · Cathy · Circus Clown · Cliff Gordon · Construction workers · Cook · Cragger · Dr. Julien · Echo Zane · Ed · Edna · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · The Fold · Fugi-Dove · Fugi-Dove's brother · Grimfax's advisor · Grumbmiller · Hageman · Hageman Brothers · Harumi's father · Harumi's mother · Jake · Jamanakai villagers · Jay Vincent · Johnny · Juggernaut · Korgran's father · Laval · Lou · Lumberjacks · Magician · Mascots · Michael Kramer · Milton Dyer's father · Miss Demeanor · Monks · Motorcycle Mechanic · Mrs. Dyer · Museum Curator · News Reporter · Nindroid Sentries · Ninjago City's mayor · Ninjago soldiers · Nobu · Patty Keys · Postman · Prison guards · Repo Man · Restaurant Owner · Rice farmers · Robo Usher 3000 · Roise · Rufus McCallister · Santa Claus · Security guards (Borg Industries) · Security guards (Ninjago City) · Sentry General · Ship Captain · Skeleton · Stone Golems · Sybex Tribe · Tai-D · Talent show judges · Tour Guide · Twitchy Tim · Vlad Tutu · Warden Noble · Dr. Yost

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